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The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga's performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

All the songs chosen for 5 Best Songs this week are, intentionally or not, crushingly self-reflective and introspective. They concern relationships and how we actually relate to others emotionally, not just romantically, as well as how we treat ourselves. But that's a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Let's say that they're all… More »

By: Stereogum / February 20, 2015

Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Was Planned As A Free DatPiff Release

One of the most prominent speculations about Drake's surprise mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late is that he only released it as a retail product to complete his four-album contract with Cash Money Records. The idea is that Drake wants to defect from Cash Money along with his mentor, Lil Wayne, who'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2015

The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of the sudden, they weren't. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those -- O Brother,More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015

Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Sets Spotify’s First-Week Streaming Record

Drake's surprise "mixtape" If You're Reading This It's Too Late set the record for the most streams of an album in its first week in the United States. The record was released last Thursday right before midnight, and was streamed 17.3 million times in three days according to the Associated Press. Drake actually… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 17, 2015

Watch Drake Cover “Only One” & “FourFiveSeconds,” Bring Out Kanye For “I Don’t Like” In NYC

Drake's headlining show at last night's Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend concert at Irving Plaza served as something of a victory lap for the successful release of his surprise new mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and he brought the other biggest name in rap along to celebrate. After covering Kanye West's two… More »

By: James Rettig / February 14, 2015

Premature Evaluation: Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake is calling If You're Reading This It's Too Late a "mixtape," even though he's selling it for money and even though its stream got yanked from Livemixtapes in a matter of hours. Drake is no dummy. If he's really thinking of IYRTITL as a mixtape, he knows better than to give it away for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015

Drake’s Surprise Mixtape Projected To Debut At #1

This time yesterday the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack seemed likely to cruise to an easy #1 debut next week with projected sales of 160,000. Then Drake went and dropped If You're Reading This It's Too Late out of nowhere, and the mixtape/album/whatever is suddenly poised to demolish all comers. Billboard predicts the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 13, 2015

Drake’s Homecoming Concert Film Coming To Theaters For One Night Only

"I hope they document what I'm becoming," raps an impossibly young and fresh-faced Drake on "Congratulations," the final song in the preview for a new concert film called Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage. The film features footage from his hometown concert in 2009 at Toronto's Sound Academy around the time So Far Gone was taking… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 13, 2015

Drake Drops Surprise Mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake has released a surprise mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It contains 17 tracks and has features from Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Earlier today, Drake shared a short film called Jungle. Missinfo points out that this is probably the mixtape that Toronto Raptors player DeMar DeRozan accidentally mentioned… More »

By: James Rettig / February 12, 2015

Watch Drake’s Short Film Jungle

Y'all ready for 14 minutes of Pensive Drake? This morning, Aubrey Graham posted a new short film called Jungle on his website, and it's an extended mood piece that presumably exists to build anticipation for Views From The 6, his forthcoming album. It's got a lot of slick and apparently-staged images of Drake worrying that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015

iLoveMakonnen Lines Up Drake, Rihanna, Diplo, Skrillex For Debut LP

iLoveMakonnen is one of the most compelling artists coming out of Atlanta's newest wave of culture-defying hip-hop, and ever since Drake hopped on a remix of his weekday ode "Tuesday" and signed him to OVO, Makonnen's star continues to rise. Proof? "Tuesday" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. And while… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We're officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2015

Watch Drake, Haim, & Sia Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel Live aired another edition of its ridiculously popular Mean Tweets series, and it was their second one that focused exclusively on musicians. Drake, Haim, Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and more read some harsh tweets from the dark recesses of the internet. For example: "Drake… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015

Big Sean – “Blessings” (Feat. Drake & Kanye West)

We're all going to have to start taking Big Sean a whole lot more seriously. A few hours after he stole Meek Mill's "B Boy" away from Meek and A$AP Ferg, Kanye's Detroit progeny has thrown an absolute monster of a new song onto Soundcloud in the middle of the night. That song i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015

These Are Pandora’s 10 Most Liked Songs Of All Time

Pandora continues to be one of the most popular musical outlets of the digital age. With its curated playlists and algorithms and thumbs-up/thumbs-down interactivity, it's emblematic of the way this generation experiences music. So Buzzfeed had the bright idea to ask them which songs get the most thumbs up. Here's the top 10:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 29, 2015

Here’s Why ILoveMakonnen & Drake’s “Tuesday” Is So Irresistible

In the past year since Chilly Gonzales started his Pop Music Masterclass video series, he's deconstructed the appeal of popular songs such as "Get Lucky," "Shake It Off," "Fancy," and "Hold On, We're Going Home." His latest video takes a look at the irresistible iLoveMakonnen/Drake track "Tuesday." He starts explaining the… More »

By: James Rettig / January 23, 2015

Download Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2

It's unclear when Lil Wayne will put out his supposedly-final album Tha Carter V. After it was pushed back indefinitely late last year, Wayne came out and said that he was a "prisoner" on his Cash Money label. He's now released an apology mixtape called Sorry 4 The Wait 2, a quasi-sequel to the… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015

Watch Jimmy Fallon & Gwyneth Paltrow Sing Broadway Versions Of Drake, Nicki Minaj, & Big Sean

Make no mistake: Within the next decade or so, Broadway will get a Rock Of Ages-style rap jukebox musical. It already sort of happened with the Tupac musical that flopped last year. Last night on The Tonight Show, we saw some version of how the final product might look, and it was pure hell. Old… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2015

The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015
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